Work
with me
Work
with me

If you’ve come to the end of your rope searching for your biological family member(s), I can help you unravel your DNA strands

to find your answers.

Let’s (re)discover your roots.

As a genetic genealogist, I use modern DNA tests and traditional genealogy to help adoptees and people of unknown parentage identify biological relatives both living and deceased.

There is no charge to work with me –– think of me as your own personal genetic gumshoe on the case! The only cost to you is for the DNA kits, and we have a fund to help people with financial hardship with the cost of the DNA kit as well.

To apply to work with me, click here and fill out an application. Because I’m only one person, I work with people on a first-come, first-served basis. Each case is different, and while some mysteries are solved quickly, others can take time. Once I receive your application, I will let you know how soon we can begin work together.

Once we start our search together, I do all the work: I’ll help you analyze the significance of any DNA matches, determine next steps, suggest how to map out your genetic family tree, and help search for additional family members for additional testing.

It’s an amazing feeling when after thirty-six years of searching, you get the pieces of the puzzle and can finally see the big picture. I now know where I come from thanks to Carla Davis. Her knowledge of DNA and the Pennsylvania law made it possible for me to receive a non-certified copy of my original birth certificate, which listed both names of my biological parents. I couldn’t have done this without Carla’s experience and hard work.

Rob McKinnell

Being an adoptee, I had a horrible hole in my heart that I lived with for seventy-three years. I often wondered, “Who am I,” but thanks to Carla I now know. She took me under her wing and made magic happen when she used DNA to connect the dots and find my birth family. My uncle once told me, nothing is hidden, you just need to know which rock to turn over. Carla knows the rocks to turn over.

Ann Patterson

As soon as my DNA results posted, Carla immediately identified my paternal great-great-grandparents. She even discovered actual pictures. Through her unique process, she found my birth family. I now have a full family tree traced back to the early 1800’s and six half-siblings that I’m getting to know. None of this would have been possible without Carla and her knowledge of DNA.

Dawn Harris

In a short amount of time, Carla was able to quickly analyze the DNA results of an adoptee I was helping and provide me with initial surnames. To establish common ancestors among matches, she created a mirror tree, which gave me a clear path to follow. I was impressed to see the end result match up with Carla’s initial work. I couldn’t have gotten as far as I did without her know how.

Marsha Richardson

Who I can help.

If you are an adoptee or a person with one or both parents unknown, and you have taken a DNA test with Ancestry.com, you are a perfect candidate!

After you submit your application, we’ll get on a 30-minute phone call so that I can learn about the goals of your search, what steps you’ve already taken, and try to determine the significance of your existing DNA matches. Then we map out a plan together for the next steps in your search and how I can partner with you to get to the bottom of your mystery.

Who I can’t help.

Unfortunately, I can only help adoptees themselves — they have to be the one looking. Birth parents and siblings of adoptees can leave behind a trail by taking DNA tests at all testing sites like 23andMe, Ancestry, Family Tree DNA, My Heritage and uploading to GEDmatch. If the adoptee is also searching, this will immediately link you to them in the DNA results.

Let’s start putting your

Puzzle Together.

Let’s start putting your

Puzzle Together.